Housing initiatives

MSD has led and continues to lead a number of initiatives to assist those with housing needs

Initiatives in place

Better Housing Outcomes: sustaining tenancies

MSD is working with Housing New Zealand and community providers to try new ways of supporting people to be stable social housing tenants and live safe, strong and independent lives.

Contracting emergency housing places throughout New Zealand

Social Housing Minister announced that MSD has secured contracts with over 30 providers for around 760 emergency housing places throughout New Zealand at any one time. The largest The numbers of places will be available in Auckland, Christchurch, Northland and Wellington.

MSD are continuing to talk with other providers to secure more places.

The places will be available to clients for a stay of up to three months and MSD will work alongside contracted providers to help clients move towards sustainable long term housing.

$24.4m more for Auckland social housing

The Government has announced $24.4m more for Auckland social housing.

The $24 million funding means that:

  • CHPs building new social housing will be able to receive an upfront grant of up to 50 per cent of the value of the development, or;
  • once the development is built a weekly grant of up to 50 per cent of market rent on top of the current rental subsidies the Government provides, or;
  • they can receive a combination of both, up to the equivalent level of funding provided by either the upfront funding or weekly subsidy alone.
  • CHPs providing social housing in a property leased from the private market can also receive a grant of up to 50 per cent of market rent, on top of the subsidised rent they receive.

Housing First – Contracting for services

$3 million has been allocated to fund Housing First, a proven internationally acclaimed initiative that first moves people into housing and then provides support to address the issues underpinning their homelessness.

Housing First will be active in Central, West and South Auckland.

The new funding is to be available for contracted providers over a two-year period.

MSD is looking to contract providers that can show they can support homeless people to access sustainable housing; continuing to work with them to effectively maintain their tenancy and providing support to address issues that may put a tenancy at risk.

MSD has identified existing providers in the Auckland area who have the capability and capacity to deliver the initiative, which will test new ways of working or delivering services. These providers have significant and specialised experience in:

  • housing solutions and services to support chronically homeless people
  • offering recovery focused and client-directed services
  • providing services to homeless people in the Auckland area, including securing private and social housing tenancies; and
  • working effectively and collaboratively with MSD, other agencies and other providers.

A closed Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued on 2 September, closing 28 September, to the following providers:

Vision West Community Trust

Wise Group/Keys Social Housing/
The Peoples Project


Auckland City Mission

Salvation Army

Emerge Aotearoa

Affinity Services

Monte Cecilia Housing Trust

Island Child Charitable Trust

Community of Refuge Trust

Whanau Resource Centre O Pukekohe Charitable Trust

Te Roopu O Te Whanau Rangimaire O Tamaki Makaurau

Te Manawanui Charitable Trust

It is expected the service will be available from late 2016.

New funds for improved social housing tenant outcomes

The Government has announced that $9 million will be available for two funds delivering a new package of initiatives designed to help individuals and families who are either homeless or at risk of losing their existing tenancies to achieve stable long-term housing, and transition to independence as appropriate.

Client obligations and tenancy reviews

On 14 April 2016, a new obligation (under the Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Management Act) took effect which affects the types of information clients have to give MSD. MSD has also broadened the group of tenants who may be contacted for a tenancy review.

Panel of community housing providers for Auckland social housing services

MSD invites community housing providers to join a panel with the aim to simplify and speed up their ability to participate in the provision of social housing.

New emergency housing service for Auckland

More emergency housing will be provided in Auckland through a new short-term housing response for vulnerable families and individuals.

Questionnaire aims to gain a better understanding of the housing situation for young people in New Zealand

MSD wants to get a better understanding of the housing situation for young people in New Zealand aged from 16 to 24 years.

Extra social housing places for Auckland

More social housing places will be available in Auckland as MSD enters into agreements with five community housing providers to deliver an extra 508 social housing places.

In November MSD released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an extra 1,000 social housing places in Auckland.

The 1,000-place RFP seeks proposals from community housing providers to deliver more social housing in high demand areas of Auckland by the end of 2018.

Emergency housing funding review

In 2015 the Ministry surveyed emergency housing providers to get more information about the accommodation they provide and how it is funded.

The survey is now closed and the information gathered will improve our understanding of the emergency housing sector and help us to inform the develop options for the future funding.

Supported accommodation for young people

Since 1 July 2015, MSD has contracted providers in Christchurch, Palmerston North and Auckland to provide supported accommodation for up to 21 young people in need of housing and to reduce pressure on the social housing register.

What's coming up

  • Additional purchasing intentions information released - Early 2016
  • Purchasing intentions survey results published - Early 2016
  • Auckland purchasing trial results published - Early 2016
  • Quarterly social housing register figures release - Released in April, July, September and January
  • Changes to the decline process for those on the social housing register - 25 January
  • People applying for social housing will be required to select a minimum of three areas where they could live - 25 January
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